Drexel Smart House Team Collaborates on Sustainable TEDx Event

Drexel Smart HouseOn October 5, thinkers from across the globe will gather at TEDxDrexelU for a day of discussion and collaboration. Amongst these innovators are the members of the Drexel Smart House Team (DSH), a multidisciplinary, student-run organization aiming to lessen the environmental footprint of university programming even beyond Saturday’s conference.

TEDxDrexelU organizers, including Mohamed Zerban, approached the DSH team in July with one request: “Let’s make this event as sustainable as possible.”

After a summer of weekly meetings, the DSH team, under the leadership of Creative Director Collin Cavote, published an eight-page “Eco Report.” The document highlights “ideas for an ecologically-minded TEDx event” and offers suggestions ranging from waste management to travel arrangements.

“We wanted to offer the organizers very practical ways in which any TEDx event could be made more sustainable,” said Cavote.

After receiving DSH’s report, TEDxDrexelU organizers opted to use paperless ticketing and marketing for the event. Literature distributed at TEDxDrexelUwill be printed on recycled paper. Ultimately, Cavote and Zerban hope to implement the recommendations featured in the report beyond this weekend’s proceedings. Students have been working closely with TEDx organizers in Atlanta, Egypt and Sudan to expand and explore the recommendations included in the report.

“Our goal is for general events on our campus and TEDx events in other parts of the world to start using the template to make their school events more sustainable,” said Zerban.

For more information, the full Drexel Smart House Team “Eco Report” can be found here (include link to pdf of eco report). 


Rachel Hoh spends her days working at Philabundance, convincing her roommates to compost, and hugging all of the trees in West Philadelphia.